Breed Profile: Pomeranian
by Lauren R. Tharp
A close relative of the Keeshond, the Pomeranian has been strutting its spunky stuff since the 17th century! In recent history, Pomeranians have been a favorite pet of several celebrities; including Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie, and Jessica Alba. And talk about cute! Boo, the “World’s Cutest Dog,” is also a Pomeranian. Officially recognized as a legitimate breed by the AKC in 1888, the sweet lil PomPom has been a stellar companion dog for many years, and currently reigns as the 13th most popular breed in the United States.
Size & Weight: Very small! The Pomeranian is a Toy breed and generally measures 5-11 inches at the shoulders and typically weighs 3-7 pounds.
Coat & Color: This breed comes in every color and all patterns! However, the most common/popular color is solid orange. Their fur is a classic double-coat with a plush, thick, undercoat; and a harsher, longer, overcoat.
Other: I mentioned some modern celebrities earlier, but did you know that Pomeranians were also favored by Queen Victoria, Marie Antoinette, and Mozart? It’s true!
Life Expectancy: 12-18 years.
Highly intelligent, extremely friendly, and full of “big dog” spirit in a little dog’s body, the Pomeranian is quick to bond, fast to learn, and your certified best friend for life. Other than their excessive barking (Hey!—It’s a Spitz family tradition!), you’d be hard-pressed to find anything negative to say about the gentle Pom Pom and their endearingly quirky temperament.
- Gets along fantastically with children and other pets. (Though, due to their fragile physique, you’ll need to watch them around younger kids).
- This breed sports an above-average lifespan. With love and proper care, you could easily end up with a friend for life!
- Pomeranians are well-suited to apartment living. With few exercise needs, their space requirements are minimal.
- Pomeranians’ double-coated fur requires frequent heavy grooming.
- Thanks to their loyal bond with their owners, they can suffer anxiety/separation disorders if separated.
- The barking. Oh, the barking. The smallest stimuli can send this breed into a frenzy of yapping unlike any you’ve ever heard—and it can be very hard to get them quiet again!
Do you think a Pomeranian would suit your lifestyle? Find an adoptable Pomeranian by visiting Adopt-A-Pet and search for one in our area.